Reported by Chinmaya Dehury
Bhubaneswar, Oct 15:
Polling for the communally sensitive Kandhamal Lok Sabha constituency passed off peacefully today with a voter turnout of 62.71%, reports said.
The voting figure , which is over 11% less than the April 2014 turnout, demonstrates clearly that the voters were not quite enthused by the intensive campaigning that saw as many as 13 ministers and top leaders of the BJP and Congress camping in the constituency for days.
Joint Chief Electoral Officer Jyoti Prakash Dash said the voting percentage was 62.71% today, while the constituency had recorded 74% voting during the general elections held in April this year.
While 60% voting was reported in Baliguda, it was 61% in G Udaygiri, 65% in Phulabani, 67% in Kantamal, 60% in Boudh, 64% in Dasapalla and 62% in Bhanjanagar, said Dash.
The Parliamentary constituency comprises seven assembly segments across four districts.
Voters did not show up in seven booths, including five in Nayagarh segment and two in Boudh segment, Dash informed.
A total of seven including candidates from the BJD, BJP and Congress are in the fray.
By-poll was necessitated following death of BJD MP Hemendra Chandra Singh on September 5.